I ordered some Japanese pattern books from YesAsia.com and they arrived today, along with a whole bunch of fabric (lots of florals, polka-dots, stripes and reproduction prints).
The dresses in the Stylish Dress Book look so comfy and perfect for spring, which is probably about the time I will get around to sewing any of them. And the kids are pouring over them, completely fascinated by the Japanese writing. I will carve out some time to sew soon. And I will post reviews and the results when I do.